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A night of shocks last night in the Champions League with Manchester City playing brilliantly to earn a 2-2 draw at PSG and Wolfsburg proving too strong for the Galacticos of Real Madrid winning 2-0.

City go through if they get results no worse than 1-1 in the home leg. How embarrassing if Pellegrini lifts the trophy this year!

Real will have to be in top form in the second log if they are to stay in the competition.

Barcelona and Bayern Munich moved one step closer to the Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday night after narrow margin wins against Atletico Madrid and Benfica respectively. Barcelona had to come from a goal down when former Liverpool and Chelsea striker Fernando Torres gave Atletico the lead midway through the first half.

However, Torres went from hero to villain 10 minutes later when he was sent off for a second bookable offence and while Atletico admirably held on to their lead for nearly half an hour it was only a matter of time before Barcelona’s numerical and attacking superiority told.

Luis Suarez was the hero for Barcelona on this occasion and his second half brace insured the Catalan’s will travel to the Vicente Calderón Stadium in a fortnight’s time with the upper-hand, but Atletico’s away goal could yet play an important part in things if they can keep eleven men on the pitch as they are one of, if not the best defensive team left in the competition.

Bayern Munich’s early goal against Benfica after two minutes would have convinced many that the visitors were in for a torrid evening however, the Portuguese Champions held firm after this and limited their illustrious hosts to just the one goal. This sets up a fascinating return leg at the Estádio da Luz in a fortnight’s time and while Bayern will be well fancied to progress it will be far from easy considering Benfica will raise their game even further in front of their fiercely passionate home support.


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